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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

What Is Normal?

A few days ago, I wrote a post on being sub-human or human.

Someone mentioned to me that a friend thought that being normal was engaging in sin. For example, it would be "normal" if a twenty-year-old fornicated and drank too much, or did drugs.

These sins are not "normal" but "sub-normal". All sin is abnormal. Why? Sin is the aberration of desire. Sin is the giving in to temptations which we all have the grace to avoid (yes, we do). Sin is the turning away from God into the black selfishness of the demands of the senses and the ego.

Sin is the failure to be human. Sin contravenes natural law, which all men and women know. 

All people are given graces to avoid being sub-human. To race after the sub-human is to become an animal, a creature without reason and grace.

Anyone who encourages one to sin, or allows sin, or stands by and assents to sin, sins seriously.

Sin is not "normal". The Catechism of the Catholic Church provides excellent insights into sin...see below.

Sin is, as noted below, "contempt of God." People, there is a hell. Some who hate God and hate others will go to hell. Some parents who do not raise their children to love God and fear hell will go to hell.

Parents who do not train their children and form a "right conscience" in their children, may be surprised at what God will demand of them at their judgment. Did some of you miss these?

 more later...

From the CCC
1849 Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as "an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law."121
1850 Sin is an offense against God: "Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in your sight."122 Sin sets itself against God's love for us and turns our hearts away from it. Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God through the will to become "like gods,"123 knowing and determining good and evil. Sin is thus "love of oneself even to contempt of God."124 In this proud self- exaltation, sin is diametrically opposed to the obedience of Jesus, which achieves our salvation.125